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St. John, London,

St. John

4.8
4.8
3126 Reviews
£41 and over
British
Fergus Henderson’s original home of “Nose to Tail Eating” opened in a former smokehouse around the corner from Smithfield Market in 1994.

Celebrating the finest of indigenous British produce and making the most of what is seasonally best whilst applying straight forward cooking techniques, St. John is now celebrated as one of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World and in 2009 was awarded its first Michelin Star.

Nose to tail eating means that, where appropriate, every part of the animal should be put to good use in the kitchen and so along with Roast Beef and Lemon Sole, diners will find Rolled Pig’s Spleen, Kidneys and Ox Heart, Liver and Chitterlings as well as the Roast Bone Marrow & Parsley Salad, something of a ‘signature’ dish.

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2 people

22:30


Booked 67 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–15:00 Sun 12:00–16:00 Dinner Mon–Sat 18:00–22:30

  • Phone number

    020 7251 0848

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Steve Darou

  • Private party facilities

    The Private Dining Room can accommodate up to 16 guests (terms and conditions apply). St. JOHN bar and restaurant is available for private hire. Please contact amelie@stjohnrestaurant.com for details.

  • Private party contact

    Renata Galli : 020 7553 9844

  • Area

    Farringdon

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Farringdon Station, Barbican Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,126 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • City of London

    Best Ambience

  • City of London

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  • City of London

    Fit for Foodies

  • City of London

    Healthy

  • City of London

    British

  • City of London

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  1. j

    jenniferc

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Friendly entertains service, lovely lunch and great wine
  2. TM

    TrevorM

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It’s a difficult act to produce the staples with such accuracy, the team at St. John are flawless in this performance, Excellent…
  3. MB

    MatildaB

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and really great service in a cool, understated place. Loved it
  4. RS

    RyanS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good meal loved everything! Was in London for a single day and this was the one place we have wanted to eat at no regrets!
  5. BB

    BarbaraB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It is many years since I last ate at St John. We went for my partner's birthday as he had not been before. He loved all three of his courses and lived the restaurant overall. I was a disappointed with my main - the grilled heart was very chewy and the courgettes way too soft. Otherwise the service was attentive and the wine by the glass recommendations excellent.
  6. a

    aland

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb meal to celebrate a special anniversary. Enjoyed every aspect but especially the bone marrow and liver and bacon. Will definitely return soon.
  7. C

    Chris

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    How lovely for it to be about the food, and the beasts that provided it, rather than poncy presentation.
  8. s

    susanc

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was as expected, jolly fine but I was taken care of by an exceptional waiter.
  9. B

    Bozzy

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a must for me whenever I am in London... Every human being should taste the food prepared by Fergus Henderson at least once before they die. My happy place...
  10. S

    Sarah

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The food was delicious. The service was quite unfriendly, we didn’t get much help with the menu or told what each dish was when they served it. But will definitely come back again.
  11. TW

    TimothyW

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As all ways st john delivers. Outstanding food perfect
  12. RR

    RuthR

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All excellent- delicious food, fresh and cooked to perfection!
  13. EK

    EstherK

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique serving of dishes. I love the madeleines. Outstanding service.
  14. V

    Vilma

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food! The ambience is simple, but comfortable.
  15. AC

    AndrewC

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Interesting menu that takes a seventy year old back to his northern roots food wise. Great to see offal strongly favoured by the chef. Wine list unusual and French dominated, but lesser known growers strongly represented. Good value for money all round for London central. Service unobtrusive and efficient.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All top notch. From initial welcome and attention from Maitre D to sublime food and interesting wine. Grey mullet is a seriously fine fish. Thank you.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great the food atmosphere service. It’s not our first time here and we will definitely be back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lived up to every expectation. The food was spectacular, and so was the staff.
  19. GH

    GeorgeH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 for all. Just a really lovely, delicious, fun lunch.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, just our kind of place. Amazing bustling vibe. The original nose to tail eating menu and an amazing interesting wine list. Loved it all!
  21. JH

    JonH

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    didnt disappoint, amazingly different Michelin dining exprience
  22. DJ

    DanJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As ever, St John's was excellent! Great food, nice wine and good service.
  23. NS

    NicoleS

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Great food, great service, great ambiance
  24. JP

    JaneP

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance and reasonable value for the quality of the food - a family favourite.
  25. RL

    RachelL

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous Fergus negronis, incredible crispy pig cheeks, duck and roast middle white delicious, Madeleines heavenly.
  26. AU

    AndyU

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was fantastic! Simple, unpretentious and most importantly, delicious. I felt comfortable in the surroundings which were clean and elegant and the service was very good, if not quite at the same level as some of the very best restaurants I’ve eaten in. Still, I would highly recommend St Johns - it managed to both excite and inspire me whilst the freshly baked Madeleines filled me with nostalgia for my Grandma’s home cooking!
  27. MB

    MatteoB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was great but service was top tier level. I cannot recommend enough this place.
  28. P

    Paolo

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Extremely high note for a well done but “normal” dinner. 25£ for 2 glass of ordinary red wine (beaujolais) presented as the only red worth to accompany fish.
  29. H

    Hels

    Surrey

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oh wow Definitely the best meal we have ever had. From the warm welcome to the final espresso a truly wonderful dining experience. The service was outstanding; our server Grace was polite, friendly and so knowledgeable. The food was out of this world. Wine list extensive - great recommended wine by a Grace. Thank you for making our special post operation celebration- perfect.
  30. f

    foodnwine

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I love the plain utilitarian decore. The wine list was a pleasure to see, being so strong in Southern French wines at moderate prices. Unfortunately the Alsace Pinot Gris was dull, middle of the road in terms of fruit and acidity. I asked for a red listed as being from a favorite wine-making town, Minervois, and got one from Herault (which was well[-priced and delicious, but not where I was told it originated). My problem is with the food. It was not especially delicious looking, though plates were not repulsive. Id say things were well-prepared but nothing special. The crab was chilled and OK (the mayonaise was out of this world delish). The steak was really a stew. My sheep sweet breads were fine, outstanding with the wine but nothing to take a photo of. The flounder-like fish was good too. But I was hoping for more than good.
  31. A

    Adam

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    I'd been wanting to dine at St. John's for so long and was really looking forward to it! Unfortunately I left disappointed - the food was good (but not great) and the service was average; generally had to actively look for our waiter and when we were waiting to pay so many of the team ignored us, it was like we were invisible.
  32. PP

    PeteyPete

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing. Literally the best at elite offerings. If they have it you must try the calves brains!! Phenom nom nom. Very well prepared food and excellent table service
  33. AV

    AlexanderV

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great visit. Was the with my son. We enjoyed eating something original and loves it. Not expensive at all. Thank you
  34. L

    Lucy

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my friend for her birthday and St John's did not disappointed! The waiting staff were so wonderful (she had her 9 week old baby with her!) And the food was sublime! We especially enjoyed the blackberry eaton mess, madeleines, double baked chocolate cake and the sardines (actually everything we ate in fact!!!) Highly reccommend for simple, beautifully cooked, nose to tail dining!
  35. MW

    MurrayW

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fabulous evening - thank you. By the way "Ian" left the role over 4 years ago - I have taken over and am the POC going forwards. Murray Whiteside PS. My PA, Ms Anna Howard, will often make bookings on my behalf.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Yes, people go for the marrow, but do not ignore the rest. The goat heart is outstanding!!!!!! The pig ears are magnificent!!!!!!! If you're there, then enjoy the things you won't find somewhere else. Sadly I couldn't enjoy the dessert because of too much food, but what I saw looked amazing.
  37. LC

    LorenzoC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience. If you have done your Michelin rated research, you won’t be disappointed. Nothing fails to impress and I highly recommend the deserts, especially the peach trifle if they have any left. The famous bone marrow spread was divine. Do not share, no matter what the waiter says. Not enough for 2. Well, maybe! The waiter was delightful by the way. We also had the quail- the spice rub was truly divine. Lots of flavor and not spicy. Fried to perfection. Remember to eat it with your fingers. There’s lots to say and I’d go back during this trip if it was easier to get reservations. Enjoy! It’s amazing!
  38. NC

    NickC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall a fantastic experience. Not overly fussy but very attentive service. Relaxed atmosphere. Food amazing. Thank you!
  39. DL

    DiogoLopes

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    A must visit classic. Tasty simple food made fresh. A cocktail is a great alternative for wine.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderfully relaxed and delicious meal at St John for my wife’s birthday.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

St. John is rated 4.8 stars by 3126 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

22:30


Booked 67 times today
Google Map for St. John

26 St John Street, London, EC1M 4AY

Additional information

  • Area

    Farringdon

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–15:00 Sun 12:00–16:00 Dinner Mon–Sat 18:00–22:30

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    Farringdon Station, Barbican Station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Steve Darou

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    020 7251 0848

  • Private party facilities

    The Private Dining Room can accommodate up to 16 guests (terms and conditions apply). St. JOHN bar and restaurant is available for private hire. Please contact amelie@stjohnrestaurant.com for details.

  • Private party contact

    Renata Galli : 020 7553 9844

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